Child Unconceived

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Child Unconceived

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Tomorrow may bring you nearer

  to me, but then it may cause

              grief that no instinct nor love could

                          rectify.

If I cannot form the dustgrain of your life

  in my womb, cannot carry

              your limbs within my belly proud

                          and drench my veins

with our combined blood –

(you and I merged for a time, guiltless,

  expressing the earthy essence of God

              with each our individual heartbeats),

                          then be damned my entrails

and this longing

              that drives my impatient summer.

 

  When I see your face for the first time,

              and your father and I behold your

                          living smile, be sure

there will be a depth of welcome

  that no hardship could turn cold

              nor ever diminish.

 

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Copyright © 1998 by Allison Grayhurst

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First published in “Foxglove Journal” March 2017

https://foxglovejournal.wordpress.com/2017/03/16/child-unconceived-allison-grayhurst/

 

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“Allison Grayhurst intertwines a potent spirituality throughout her work so that each poem is not simply a statement or observation, but a revelation that demands the reader’s personal involvement. Grayhurst’s poetic genius is profound and evident. Her voice is uniquely authentic, undeniable in its dignified vulnerability as it is in its significance,” Kyp Harness, singer/songwriter, author.

“Allison Grayhurst’s poems are like cathedrals witnessing and articulating in unflinching graphic detail the gritty angst and grief of life, while taking it to rare clarity, calm and comfort. Grayhurst’s work is haunting, majestic and cleansing, often leaving one breathless in the wake of its intelligence, hope, faith and love amidst the muck of life. Many of Allison Grayhurst’s poems are simply masterpieces. Grayhurst’s poetry is a lighthouse of intelligent honour… indeed, intelligence rips through her work like white water,” Taylor Jane Green, Registered Spiritual Psychotherapist and author.

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Review of The Longing To Be: 

“The contents of Allison Grayhurst’s book The Longing To Be are both personal and universal and are described in such thematic and golden terms that one can see that a lot of thought has gone into each line. The poems are written mostly in free verse throughout, with both rhythm and soul weaved into them. For some poems, the layout seems experimental, and there is definitely a playfulness in the way that the words and verses fall onto the page. Others do conform to a “norm”, whatever that is. All are dramatic and thoughtful. These are layered poems with new horizons presented to the reader in every re-read. The effect is to keep things fresh with poems that constantly surprise in spite, and because of, the number of times being read. I thoroughly recommend The Longing To Be as a poetry book to study carefully and cherish far into the future,” poet Brian Shirra.

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Rooms of Joy

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Rooms of Joy

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We will build four rooms of joy

to honour the monastic sigh, to understand

the kestrel on its perch and the wheelchair

halted at the steep curb.

We will sanctify our moon

with paint, clay and easel – letting colours and moisture

drip through our fingers,

malleable as a conscious dream.

We will bellow out music that towers over

the thieves of daylight, races into our bodies, offering grace

where there is none.

We will write poems and stories of fact

and fiction to bring

definition to our visions, to lose ourselves,

naked as the calling gulls.

We will hold our meditation stones,

like a horse’s beautiful mane, brushing,

braiding, all the while,

softly whispering our affection

into the copper-coloured ear of nature.

And the animals will bind us. The enormous love

between us all will cut away

the scar tissue of disappointment.

We will plunge into this temple, playing games,

bearing fruit. In our four rooms we will love, expand

and often falter – fresh and deep, rooted into the floorboards

of this true home.

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Copyright © 2008 by Allison Grayhurst

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First published in “VerseWrights”, January 2017

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“Allison Grayhurst intertwines a potent spirituality throughout her work so that each poem is not simply a statement or observation, but a revelation that demands the reader’s personal involvement. Grayhurst’s poetic genius is profound and evident. Her voice is uniquely authentic, undeniable in its dignified vulnerability as it is in its significance,” Kyp Harness, singer/songwriter, author.

“Allison Grayhurst’s poems are like cathedrals witnessing and articulating in unflinching graphic detail the gritty angst and grief of life, while taking it to rare clarity, calm and comfort. Grayhurst’s work is haunting, majestic and cleansing, often leaving one breathless in the wake of its intelligence, hope, faith and love amidst the muck of life. Many of Allison Grayhurst’s poems are simply masterpieces. Grayhurst’s poetry is a lighthouse of intelligent honour… indeed, intelligence rips through her work like white water,” Taylor Jane Green, Registered Spiritual Psychotherapist and author.

Reviews of ‘The Many Lights of Eden’:

“’The Many Lights of Eden’ is a journey: a journey of the heart through youth, anguish, struggle, spiritual awakening, grief, death, love, loss, guilt, struggle, despair, hope, surrender, God, sensuality, imperfection, motherhood, aging, the vanquishing of the devil, indeed, many devils, the inevitable fall from perfection and the casting off of old wineskins for a new one. Perhaps speaking of this book as a chronicle of spiritual maturing would be more accurate, the realization that there is spirituality within imperfection and that handmade temples cannot hope to compete with the spiritual temples within each of us. ‘The Many Lights of Eden’ is a diamond. It is a beautiful collection of insights. Allison Grayhurst’s thoughts and writings are a deep well. Drink from it, for the water is clear and crisp. This collection is a MUST-READ,” Eric M. Vogt, author of Letters to Lara and Paths and Pools to Ponder. 

 “I have been slow at responding to reviews for Allison Grayhurst due to summer’s busy days, however she brings life to each poem, heart to the images and everyone should have a collection of Grayhurst Poetry,” Ann Johnson-Murphree, poet.

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Sacred Beginnings

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Sacred Beginnings

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I love you under water

in the crescent cracks of rocks

where the roots of the rose begin,

inside the weather’s tailspin

where you colour my sleep

with your dance, and loving you

is worth more than I could ever offer.

I love you beside the coral reefs, even when

the serpent and shark are near. I love you

in the sandbox as we make our miracles

daily, pointing at every passing bird.

I love you with yesterday’s dinner

in the fridge, before and after the starlight falls.

I love you in each bubble we blow, in every fever we share,

and in our synchronized laughter, gracing

this mother and daughter sphere.

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Copyright © 2002 by Allison Grayhurst

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First published in “Peacock Journal” October 2016 and “Peacock Journal – Beauty First Anthology” January 2017

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Allison Grayhurst – Four Poems

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“Allison Grayhurst intertwines a potent spirituality throughout her work so that each poem is not simply a statement or observation, but a revelation that demands the reader’s personal involvement. Grayhurst’s poetic genius is profound and evident. Her voice is uniquely authentic, undeniable in its dignified vulnerability as it is in its significance,” Kyp Harness, singer/songwriter, author.

“Allison Grayhurst’s poems are like cathedrals witnessing and articulating in unflinching graphic detail the gritty angst and grief of life, while taking it to rare clarity, calm and comfort. Grayhurst’s work is haunting, majestic and cleansing, often leaving one breathless in the wake of its intelligence, hope, faith and love amidst the muck of life. Many of Allison Grayhurst’s poems are simply masterpieces. Grayhurst’s poetry is a lighthouse of intelligent honour… indeed, intelligence rips through her work like white water,” Taylor Jane Green, Registered Spiritual Psychotherapist and author.

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For My Son

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For My Son

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You are before me –

a simple light, a vibrant light

void of the world’s grey core.

You are beautiful enough, my son –

miles of green terrain surround you.

You whistle, and the strangers beside us

are held captive by your song.

I will not abandon you,

though you fear the anguish of loneliness,

and you feel the uncommon strain

of a raw dimensional heart.

You bring me joy.

I have watched you drown

in a stupor of unharnessed emotions,

and I have seen you laugh at the stars –

you, so much brighter

than the whole of their celestial countenance.

 

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Copyright © 2008 by Allison Grayhurst

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First published in “Peacock Journal”, October 2016

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Allison Grayhurst – Four Poems

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You can listen to the poem by clicking below:

 

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“Allison Grayhurst intertwines a potent spirituality throughout her work so that each poem is not simply a statement or observation, but a revelation that demands the reader’s personal involvement. Grayhurst’s poetic genius is profound and evident. Her voice is uniquely authentic, undeniable in its dignified vulnerability as it is in its significance,” Kyp Harness, singer/songwriter, author.

“Allison Grayhurst’s poems are like cathedrals witnessing and articulating in unflinching graphic detail the gritty angst and grief of life, while taking it to rare clarity, calm and comfort. Grayhurst’s work is haunting, majestic and cleansing, often leaving one breathless in the wake of its intelligence, hope, faith and love amidst the muck of life. Many of Allison Grayhurst’s poems are simply masterpieces. Grayhurst’s poetry is a lighthouse of intelligent honour… indeed, intelligence rips through her work like white water,” Taylor Jane Green, Registered Spiritual Psychotherapist and author.

Reviews of ‘The Many Lights of Eden’:

“’The Many Lights of Eden’ is a journey: a journey of the heart through youth, anguish, struggle, spiritual awakening, grief, death, love, loss, guilt, struggle, despair, hope, surrender, God, sensuality, imperfection, motherhood, aging, the vanquishing of the devil, indeed, many devils, the inevitable fall from perfection and the casting off of old wineskins for a new one. Perhaps speaking of this book as a chronicle of spiritual maturing would be more accurate, the realization that there is spirituality within imperfection and that handmade temples cannot hope to compete with the spiritual temples within each of us. ‘The Many Lights of Eden’ is a diamond. It is a beautiful collection of insights. Allison Grayhurst’s thoughts and writings are a deep well. Drink from it, for the water is clear and crisp. This collection is a MUST-READ,” Eric M. Vogt, author of Letters to Lara and Paths and Pools to Ponder. 

 “I have been slow at responding to reviews for Allison Grayhurst due to summer’s busy days, however she brings life to each poem, heart to the images and everyone should have a collection of Grayhurst Poetry,” Ann Johnson-Murphree, poet.

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My Little Wonder

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My Little Wonder

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By the light there broke

a heart of no comparison.

Hers was the eye of the mountain,

the vibration of the tides, and

the colours of the Mediterranean fish.

Hers was the lost star found,

the end of revenge, the juice of our single moon.

In a womb where her legend almost died

and the hangman knelt before the doctor’s foot,

I made a promise to her land and the sigh

of her raving waters. I marked her tree in our

backyard and bent to wash her hair.

Hers was a boat that bore no time, a leaf

in the midnight air.

My old joy is the shell of this new one,

for she is my workgloves and cathedral.

Hers are footprints on the sun.

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Copyright © 2002 by Allison Grayhurst

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First published in “Corner Club Press, Volume 5, Issue 19” January 2016

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“Allison Grayhurst intertwines a potent spirituality throughout her work so that each poem is not simply a statement or observation, but a revelation that demands the reader’s personal involvement. Grayhurst’s poetic genius is profound and evident. Her voice is uniquely authentic, undeniable in its dignified vulnerability as it is in its significance,” Kyp Harness, singer/songwriter, author.

“Allison Grayhurst’s poems are like cathedrals witnessing and articulating in unflinching graphic detail the gritty angst and grief of life, while taking it to rare clarity, calm and comfort. Grayhurst’s work is haunting, majestic and cleansing, often leaving one breathless in the wake of its intelligence, hope, faith and love amidst the muck of life. Many of Allison Grayhurst’s poems are simply masterpieces. Grayhurst’s poetry is a lighthouse of intelligent honour… indeed, intelligence rips through her work like white water,” Taylor Jane Green, Registered Spiritual Psychotherapist and author.

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Donkey

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Donkey

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Large liquid eyes,

a slow four-legged walk,

seeking true affection from my hand

that wanders along your cheeks and nose –

its gravel grey, brittle as the straw

you sleep in.

 

Small and old as so many lonely are,

you follow me along the fence,

patient for my touch, for a soft voice

to speak your name or a palm

to stroke your dusty back.

 

Like the feel of foreign sand

or the miracle of a flower,

our hearts join in this brief fraction of time

as I stop walking, offering some plucked grass –

a token of our mutual need.

 

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Copyright © 1998 by Allison Grayhurst

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.Published in “Tangerine Heart Poetry Zine” November 2015

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http://tangerineheartlit.blogspot.ca/2015/11/donkey-poem-by-allison-grayhurst.html

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“Allison Grayhurst intertwines a potent spirituality throughout her work so that each poem is not simply a statement or observation, but a revelation that demands the reader’s personal involvement. Grayhurst’s poetic genius is profound and evident. Her voice is uniquely authentic, undeniable in its dignified vulnerability as it is in its significance,” Kyp Harness, singer/songwriter, author.

“Allison Grayhurst’s poems are like cathedrals witnessing and articulating in unflinching graphic detail the gritty angst and grief of life, while taking it to rare clarity, calm and comfort. Grayhurst’s work is haunting, majestic and cleansing, often leaving one breathless in the wake of its intelligence, hope, faith and love amidst the muck of life. Many of Allison Grayhurst’s poems are simply masterpieces. Grayhurst’s poetry is a lighthouse of intelligent honour… indeed, intelligence rips through her work like white water,” Taylor Jane Green, Registered Spiritual Psychotherapist and author.

.

Review of The Longing To Be: 

“The contents of Allison Grayhurst’s book The Longing To Be are both personal and universal and are described in such thematic and golden terms that one can see that a lot of thought has gone into each line. The poems are written mostly in free verse throughout, with both rhythm and soul weaved into them. For some poems, the layout seems experimental, and there is definitely a playfulness in the way that the words and verses fall onto the page. Others do conform to a “norm”, whatever that is. All are dramatic and thoughtful. These are layered poems with new horizons presented to the reader in every re-read. The effect is to keep things fresh with poems that constantly surprise in spite, and because of, the number of times being read. I thoroughly recommend The Longing To Be as a poetry book to study carefully and cherish far into the future,” poet Brian Shirra.

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At Fifteen Months

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At Fifteen Months

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She has learned to walk and sing.

She stares out from her

calm eyes, watching the other

children move to and fro.

When music arrives, her

whole body starts keeping the

rhythm, bound to it like a bird

is bound to the wind.

When she laughs, all the world’s brightness

fills her mouth and resides there.

When she cries, it splits my heart.

Gentle and solid, she balances beautifully

her warmth and will, like a child sent

from the throes of a living mercy,

like a long-held hope weighing

sweetly in my arms.

 

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Copyright © 2002 by Allison Grayhurst

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First published in “Indie Poets Indeed” November 2015

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http://indiepoetsindeed.blogspot.ca/2015/11/at-fifteen-months-poem-by-allison.html

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“Allison Grayhurst intertwines a potent spirituality throughout her work so that each poem is not simply a statement or observation, but a revelation that demands the reader’s personal involvement. Grayhurst’s poetic genius is profound and evident. Her voice is uniquely authentic, undeniable in its dignified vulnerability as it is in its significance,” Kyp Harness, singer/songwriter, author.

“Allison Grayhurst’s poems are like cathedrals witnessing and articulating in unflinching graphic detail the gritty angst and grief of life, while taking it to rare clarity, calm and comfort. Grayhurst’s work is haunting, majestic and cleansing, often leaving one breathless in the wake of its intelligence, hope, faith and love amidst the muck of life. Many of Allison Grayhurst’s poems are simply masterpieces. Grayhurst’s poetry is a lighthouse of intelligent honour… indeed, intelligence rips through her work like white water,” Taylor Jane Green, Registered Spiritual Psychotherapist and author.

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